Did you know that regular consumption of alkaline foods helps you to lose weight? Yes, that’s right alkalising that diet of yours can be sure fire fix in the right direction. As we all know when you suffer from thyroid problems, one of the main symptoms people experience is unexplained weight gain. This is due to the metabolism slowing down. As we age, our bodies lose the ability to cope effectively with excessive acid load. Slight alterations in the body’s pH can cause endocrine and metabolic disturbances.
So why Alkalize?
One of the ways our body’s adapt to a buildup of excess acidity is weight gain. Consuming a diet high in acid forming foods and drinks causes our detoxification pathways to become overloaded. If the acids can’t get out of the body they become stored in fatty tissue. Allergy causing foods, heavy metal accumulation and poor diets create this acidic waste. As these wastes and toxins circulate throughout the blood, they block the flow of Tyrosine and iodine – important nutrients for thyroid hormone production. Furthermore, these acids can clog the liver, making it difficult for that important conversion of T4 into the active T3.
What does high Acidity do to us?
- Primarily, your energy levels are severely depleted
- The acids draw alkaline minerals from your bones and organs
- Acid wastes are stored as fat
- Inflammation is created in the body and leads to disease.
What types of foods are Acidic?
- Animal proteins
- Beans and legumes
- Dairy foods
- Coffee, soft drinks, cordials, sugary drinks
- Artificial sweeteners and sugar
- Cashews, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts
Ways to increase Alkalinity:
- Start increasing raw green and orange vegies into your diet (esp lettuce, celery, spinach, zucchini and carrots)
- Ensure filtered water daily
- Reduce the amount of acidic foods you consume (dairy products, pastries, breads, sugary foods, soft drinks, animal products, etc)
- Take alkalizing minerals you may be deficient in, under the guidance of a health practitioner who can assess your nutrient deficiencies
We particularly like this chart, which we sourced from Dr Wright Orthodontics webpage. Many Dental specialist recommend eating Alkline too! http://ow.ly/T9fGO
Always ensure you get the best advice possible when trying to alkalize your body naturally. Naturopaths have lots of experience in reviewing diets and suggesting where you can make appropriate changes to get you alkalizing safely. Remember that adopting more alkaline foods in to the diet is a great way to improve thyroid function and get that metabolism working efficiently. When this starts to take place, your energy improves and weight loss is so much more achievable!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dip of Applied Science (Naturopathy), Southern School of Natural Therapies
Christine gained her qualifications as a naturopath over 20 years ago and over this time has developed a love and passion for hormone management. Having specialized in children’s health, mental health issues and hormonal imbalances for a number of years, Christine is aware of the importance of good nutrition and supportive natural medicines to help achieve optimal health. Naturopathy has so much to offer, especially with thyroid conditions that can be vastly improved through better nutrition and using an integrated approach to improve overall well being. Her lifelong dedication has always been about educating people to live healthier and happier lifestyles.SShe has experienced firsthand the importance of good sound advice and knowledge for patients. In her retail consulting experience, so often people of the public are so misguided or mislead with information they have read or what they thought someone had told them: “Focusing on individualized treatment plans, is the key step to unlocking the burden of unwanted/ troublesome symptoms.”
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